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So the bottom line is that of a total of approximately 2,535 days as president, most of them during a time of war, Bush spent all or a part or 908 days, an incredible 36 percent of his time, on vacation or at retreat places. Hard to believe, but true. Nine hundred and eight days is two and a half years of Bush’s presidency. Two and a half years of the less than seven years of his presidency in which his main goal was to kick back and have fun.
A great read from Vincent Bugliosi at HuffPo
Most of us agree that he should spend even more time on vacation; be it in Crawford, Paraguay or Leavenworth, but when many American’s have sacrificed their lives, family members and large sums of tax dollars to fund this fool’s fantasy, he has been working on “clearing my mind”. I would include beautiful as an adjective but then it wouldn’t be a direct quote, but I’m sure astute readers here will make the genetic connection.
The brush clearin’, bike ridin’, segway fallin’, perch fishin’ golfin’, joggin’ CIC (Clown-in-Chief) needs to “clear his mind”.
In fact, he himself admitted to the magazine Runners World (August 23, 2002) that after the Afghanistan war began: “I have been running with a little more intensity . . . It helps me to clear my mind.”
“It’s interesting that my times have become faster . . . For me, the psychological benefit [in running] is enormous. You tend to forget everything that’s going on in your mind and just concentrate on the time and distance.”
What about John McCain? Can he do the same “hard work” as his Amerikan Idle?
He’s called on Americans to get a second job and cut back on vacations to alleviate the mortgage crunch, what does he do on his vacations and how about his gig as a US Senator?
As for “hard work”, well, campaigning is hard work according to McLazy
“It’s very hard, obviously. I’ve missed a lot of votes, and there’s no doubt about it,” the Arizona senator told reporters Wednesday during a flight from Phoenix to Washington.
McCain’s missed votes on Iraq trigger Reid rebuke
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is the only presidential candidate in Congress to have missed a major vote on the Iraq war this year, and his absences are not sitting well with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), Joseph Biden (D-Del.), Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) voted on each of the 14 measures.
The Hill 05/17/07
There is only one Senator that has missed more votes…
In May 2007, it was reported that McCain had missed 42 consecutive votes (five straight weeks) in the Senate while he was conducting his presidential campaign. From March to May, McCain only attended three floor votes in the Senate.
According to Washington Post statistics, McCain missed more votes than any Senator with the exception of Tim Johnson, who has not returned to the Senate after suffering a brain hemorrhage in December 2006. McCain has missed 50.7% of votes of the 110th Congress during his campaign. wiki
What about McBribe’s Vacation Time?
It seems he has always had a penchant for the Bahamas as well as jet setting about on corporate aircraft.
In October 1989 The Arizona Republic reported that the McCains, sometimes accompanied by their daughter and baby-sitter, had made at least nine trips at Keating’s expense, sometimes aboard the American Continental Corporation (parent of Lincoln) jet. Three of the trips were made during vacations to Keating’s opulent Bahamas retreat at Cat Cay. McCain also did not pay Keating for some of the trips until years after they were taken, after he learned that Keating was in trouble over Lincoln. Lincoln Savings and Loan’s collapse is said to have cost taxpayers $3.4 billion.
And then there’s McCain’s alleged relationship with lobbyist Vicki Iseman and involvement with special interest groups with private jets. If you have a plane, or are looking at a private jet charter cost estimator for one, he’s your guy.
As President, it is unlikely McCain would take advantage of special interests to ride around on their private jets. He would of course invite them to his Private Jet, Air Force One (as well as present them the keys to the US Treasury).
So, there it is, Bush on vacation 36% of the time to “clear his mind”, and McCain MIA 50% of the time in the Senate while asking us to work 2 jobs and skip vacations while he’s flying the friendly skies with gazillionaires.
Good work, if you can get it.